The Last Man Standing (Paperback)
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The Last Man Standing (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 01/08/2013

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A chillingly plausible novel about the collapse of Italian society and one man's struggle to retain his humanity amid the horror

"A bleak, lyrical tale that evokes Cormac McCarthy's The Road.... Gruesome, intense, and strange... a eurozone nightmare brought to life on the page."--James Lovegrove, Financial Times

It is 2025, and Italy is on the brink of collapse.

Borders are closed, banks withhold money, the postal service stalls. Armed gangs of drug-fuelled youths roam the countryside.

Leonardo was a famous writer and professor before a sex scandal ended his marriage and career. Heading north in search of her new husband, his ex-wife leaves their daughter and her son in his care. If he is to take them to safety, he will need to find a quality he has never possessed: courage.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857386298
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 244 g
Dimensions: 201 x 154 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'gruesome, intense and strange ... a Eurozone nightmare brought to life on the page' Financial Times. 'We suspect that Davide Longo is the most talented and intense Italian novelist of his generation' Valentina Pigmei, G.Q. 'It turns an unforgiving spotlight turned on an increasingly unstable world. We can only hope that Longo's visionary diagram of our possible future remains on the printed page' Independent. 'The depiction of civilisation's end is terrifyingly convincing ... After reading this, life in Ireland under austerity seems a nonstop frolic' Irish Times. 'The Last Man Standing is set to be one of the best novels this year' SFX. 'Longo has succeeded in crafting a shimmering parable' Maike Albath, Süddeutsche Zeitung. 'With mesmerising control of language, Longo weaves a tale that will leave readers with much to think about long after they have put it down' The Irish Examiner. 'a totally unique novel that blends despair with hope and angst with serenity so well that it deserves to be held in similar high esteem. An inspiring read' We Love This Book. 'this is a complex and compelling investigation of the behaviour of survival' TLS.

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“Highly reccommended”

Italy in 2025 is in a melt-down, armed gangs roam the countryside pillaging, raping and murdering.
Leonardo a disgraced writer and academic is given care of his daughter and her half-brother by his ex-wife and... More

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“Bleak & Apocylyptic”

Italy 2025 - an unspecified disaster has overtaken the country. Society has broken down and all rule books are torn up. Most of the veneer of civilisation has peeled away, banks withhold or ration money and fuel is... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 50

“Grim”

A hellish read of a future world on the edge of collapse and anarchy and how a man with two children struggles to survive.Not a very comfortable read in any way but provides a lot to think about.

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